Derek K. Burch is a firmly rooted Oklahoman, but his reputation as a trial lawyer has taken him to courts across the country. Oftentimes, his own cases take him to other jurisdictions, but frequently he is called upon by lawyers elsewhere to assist them in their own local cases.
After receiving his J.D. from the Oklahoma City University School of Law in December, 1988, Burch began his legal career working for two law firms that handled insurance defense and commercial work, but it wasn’t the kind of law that he wanted to practice. Noted Oklahoma City plaintiff’s attorney Ed Abel gave Burch the chance to join his firm and handle personal-injury cases and Burch found what he was looking for. Burch’s old law-school friend, Kelly George Oklahoma City OK, then also joined the Abel firm and they worked together there for several years before deciding to create their own firm, launching Burch & George in 1997.
In 2011, Kelly and Derek invited their long time associate Deann Germany Oklahoma City OK to become a named partner in the firm. Since then, the firm has operated as Burch, George & Germany, P.C. Ms. Germany has proven herself as an experienced, effective and well respected trial lawyer.
The two founding partners made a commitment to limit the firm’s practice solely to plaintiff’s work. Most of the firm’s cases involve catastrophic injury claims and liability/wrongful death litigation; including motor-vehicle cases, some medical malpractice and insurance bad faith cases.
Burch’s own practice encompasses all of those categories, but he has developed a particular interest in product liability cases. “They are very challenging,” he says. “As a trial lawyer, I enjoy all areas of our practice, but product liability cases have always piqued my interest.”
To Burch, one of the facets of his work that he enjoys the most is the variety that it offers, including the opportunity to travel to other jurisdictions and work with other lawyers. “It’s always changing,” he says. “There are constantly new and different cases. I love learning new ways to approach issues or a problem.
“And I love helping folks. The people I represent are hurt, down and out, broke, they can’t work, they’ve lost a loved one. It’s just as rewarding a thing as I can think of to take those cases and do something for them to make their life better. I really embrace that.”
Along the way, Burch has recorded numerous sizeable victories, including several seven-figure jury verdicts, and numerous multi-million dollar settlements.
Meanwhile, Burch’s commitment to the public is not limited to his work as a plaintiff’s attorney. He has also developed a reputation for his pro bono contributions in Oklahoma.
Most notably, he has been very active with Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, an organization that provides volunteer legal assistance on behalf of children in the Juvenile Division of the Oklahoma Country District Court. In 2010, Attorney Derek Burch received the organization’s highest honor, the Mona Lambird Service to Children award, in recognition of his work for that organization.
In 2011, he received Oklahoma City University School of Law’s Outstanding Pro Bono Alumnus of the Year award, and in 2012 the Oklahoma County Bar Foundation gave him its prestigious Howard K. Berry, Sr. Award for service to justice and the justice system.
In addition, Attorney Derek Burch has recently become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation-only organization devoted to promotion and preservation of civil justice.
In his limited spare time, Burch enjoys spending time with his wife and five children, golfing, and boating.
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